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Kellogg Mountain Trail #45, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 0.71 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,035 feet
Elevation Gain 495 feet
Accumulated Gain 500 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.75 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 2.38
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17  2015-05-02
Green MT TH to MT Bigelow
Author Jim_H
author avatar Guides 55
Routes 44
Photos 7,651
Trips 1,608 map ( 9,661 miles )
Age 40 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Sep, Aug, May, Jun → 2 PM
Seasons   Late Winter to Early Winter
Sun  6:07am - 6:28pm
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Trail #18A's Logical Extension
by Jim_H

Likely In-Season!
Though predating the Incinerator Ridge Trail #18A, when taken with that trail, Trail #45 seems like it was built to complete trail #18A. The sign for the trailhead is at the end of the Incinerator Ridge Road, and it can easily be hiked as an out and back from that point to Mount Bigelow, and with no other trails included. This write up is for that purpose.

The current trailhead sign is the metal post at the start of trail #18A, though the arrow for this trail points back towards the parking area. There is no other sign for this trail at the trailhead, at this writing, that I could locate. It takes a slight amount of effort to locate the trail, and you will have to pass through a camping area which might have some folks camped in it, but once on the trail it is impossible to accidentally leave it. From the parking area, hike uphill towards Mount Bigelow, on the ridge between the cliff on the right and the road on the left, this will take you to the trail. You'll be 100% sure when you are on the trail.

Trail #45 hikes up through shrub oaks and a series of switchbacks, going around what must be Kellogg Mountain, but not over it. It stays on the western side of the ridge for most of it's journey. Just past an area of grass and pines, it can be said to either intersect or end at the Mount Bigelow Trail, or what should be that trail. It probably ends at this point, or does officially, but being so close the stats take you to the Mount Bigelow Road. A USFS sign at the junction is titled for the, "Butterfly Trail", and neither makes any references to trail #45, nor does the sign have any arrows for the trail going to the Incinerator Ridge Road, indicating it was probably built after this sign was installed. Signs in this area of the Coronado NF can be confusing. From Mount Bigelow, you can hike back the way you came, or use other trails to create a longer loop.

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2015-05-03 Jim_H
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Kellogg Mountain Trail #45
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Catalina Peaks
would have loved to do more on such a gift of a weather day, but after a horrendous call night i was still tied locally.

this was still great.

hit barnum on the way out, then bigelow. took the roads out to the observatory and whitetail campground. came back and hit biggy smalls, bigelow and leopold point on the way back.
Kellogg Mountain Trail #45
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Catalina Peaks
took AZT bypass to incinerator ridge, then kellogg mountain and bigelow trails to the bigelow FSR. ran that down to the observatory then down and around the white tail campground. came back and banged out some peaks: unnamed 8400 tower peak, mount bigelow, leopold point (took a stupid way down :? ) and barnum rock!

this is a very fun route. nice and cool up there early then fairly mild all things considered. was done before noon.
Kellogg Mountain Trail #45
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Catalina Peaks
i was on call yesterday and last night so i paid the price on this one. started later than i wanted and was exhausted before i even got out of the car :lol:

hit Barnum rock for the first time in years. also hit Bigelow and some of the high peaks off the main Bigelow FSR. turned around at the observatory. lot of big nice open mountain views. too hot though. brutally hot today. last couple miles just killed me
Kellogg Mountain Trail #45
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Green MT TH to MT Bigelow
I hiked from the Upper Green Mountain Trailhead, over a hill, down to the San Pedro Vista, and then up to Mount Bigelow using the Incinerator Ridge and Mount Kellogg Trails. I walked to the Butterfly Trail Trailhead on the northeast side of Bigelow, down a section of that, and back to the Green Mountain TH with a stop over at Leopold Point. I also took a part of ht Green Mountain Trail, and the cairned extension back to the trailhead. Signs and trails are a little confusing in this area. I think the FS did themselves a disservice by creating a multitude of smaller named trails, instead of one or two longer trails with multiple access points, which should be signed to clear things up. Oh, well.

Nice views, as is to be expected on this section of ridge, but Rose Lake Campground was full and everyone was feeling the need to have afire with green wood, or so it seemed. Smoke was thick and hiking down the smell was strong. Oak Creek Canyon(Sedona) in August strong. Lots of nice bird calls near dusk, a bees swarm passing by at the start, and heavy weekenders (crowds, not individuals).

I also did a few off trail excursions to look at forest reproduction, but I'll hedge low on the AEG.

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Coronado Forest
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Coronado Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs)

Map Drive
FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

To hike
Take the Catalina Highway off Tanque Verde Road in Tucson up into the mountains. The Green Mountain and San Pedro Vista parking areas are at milepost 18. A short ways beyond this a gravel road takes off to the right, signed as Incinerator Ridge Road. Turn onto this road and drive between 0.25 to 0.5 miles up to the end. The road is a mildly bumpy and rocky, but a passenger car can make it as long as you go slow. If you see the Palisade Visitor Center on the Catalina Highway, you have passed Incinerator Ridge Road.
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